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Investments I’m Watching…When To Buy?

March 23rd, 2012 7 comments

Whenever we get stock movement you will get an opportunity to buy some quality investments at attractive prices. First, keep an eye on the macro events to give clues on where to look.

Since the start of 2012, there has been a rotation among sectors. The previous stocks in the dog house, Financials, are now the darlings. Since the start of the year, Bank Of America (BAC) is up over 75%. This is little consolation to those who may have bought BAC when it was trading over 40 a few years ago. Investments like these that have been beaten down so much can make big moves like this simply on whispers or hunches that the economy is improving. Financial stocks as well as consumer discretionary, and energy are considered to be economically sensitive. When the economy does well, these companies should do better because demand increases.

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The Best TV Programming for Investors

March 17th, 2012 2 comments

We live in a mass media culture. We also live in a time where investing has become democratized. Despite the war against the 1% and the investor class going on in the country, the reality is that the average person is more invested in the markets than they realize. Not just their 401(k)s, but their pensions, their personal college funds, university endowments that provide financial aid, sometimes even their health care accounts.

This mix of mass media and mass ownership is a recipe for bad financial programming. There’s a lot of bad financial stations and programs out there. They focus on the wrong issues and cover the shortest term market problems and gyrations.

Is there anything good out there?

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Today Only: Amazon Discount On H&R Block Tax Preparation

March 11th, 2012 No comments

Today only, Amazon.com is offering an up to 50% discount on H&R Block Tax Preparation software! I’ve used this software for almost 10 years, initially when it was known as H&R Block TaxCut. The best value for your money is the Deluxe Version + State. This will enable you to file your return for Federal and State taxes.

Here is the link to buy this version, for only $18.99.

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Investors: 5 Tips For Your 2011 Tax Return

March 10th, 2012 2 comments

We are approaching another tax season. If you are an investor with taxable accounts, there is additional work you need to do on your tax return. From my point of view, I like filing out my tax return because I’m a numbers kind of person. Even if you dread filing out your return, there are worse things I could think of you could be doing with your time: like going to work! Considering that investors pay less taxes than workers, I think that it’s well worth the time to make money with investments even if the tax return if more complicated.

Today, I’m going to cover a few tips to make sure you don’t forget the important things as well as red flags you should look out for that could cause you to pay more than your should.

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Growth Plays Dividend Investors Can Love

March 3rd, 2012 5 comments

Dividend investors get a leg up on other investors because a company that shares profits is much more likely to be a quality company. Or should I say, it’s much more likely that you will be able to find quality companies by this attribute. The discipline required to consistently make a profit is hard in any business and only the highest quality ones can increase them over time. A dividend can assist you to find these companies because a profit that is paid out can’t be faked. At least not for the long term.

But should you never invest in so called growth companies? If you have been an investor for some time you will realize that growth and dividends are not mutually exclusive, but generally speaking many pure play growth companies don’t pay dividends. And, many investors have yield thresholds such that they do not consider companies that have very low or non-existent yields.

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